Newslaundry Podcast

The big news this week is that for the first time that we can remember, the Indian Army admitted to having conducted a “surgical strike” along the Line of Control. Is this the mooh tod jawab that the country was waiting for after terrorist attacks like the ones we suffered in Poonch and Uri? Lieutenant General HS Panag, a Newslaundry columnist, gives us his expert point of view. While the Army has been measured in its approach, the same can’t be said of the media. Rajdeep Sardesai made an appearance on a Pakistani channel and we discuss his comments. BK Bansal and his son’s tragic suicide notes mention Bharatiya Janata Party president Amit Shah as well as senior Central Bureau of Investigation officers. While the media reported on the discovery of the notes, no one mentioned Shah’s name. Was that just fear of Shah made plain? Also, it turns out there are Fawad Khan fans inNewslaundry (much to Madhu Trehan’s surprise). Was actress Tannishtha Chatterjee expecting too much when she said she thought Colors’s “roast” would be clever? Trehan, Abhinandan Sekhri, Anand Ranganathan, Manisha Pande and Deepanjana Pal dissect some of the most talked-about news stories of the week. Plus, there are some must-read letters with great suggestions and a song for our fauji brothers.

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What an eventful week! Bridget Jones’s Baby, the sequel to Bridget Jones’s Diary, is out. Leena Yadav’s film Parched released. Netflix’s documentary on Amanda Knox’s controversial murder charges comes out on October 1 and in celebration of the Presidential Debates in America, Audi has a brand new ad that has Rajyasree Sen and Deepanjana Pal in a tizzy. Plus Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’s trailer launched to an explosive reaction:  Maharashtra Navnirman Sena have said they will not let ADHM release because of…Fawad Khan. Pal and Sen ponder on why Bollywood must be the only one to bear the brunt of breaking ties with Pakistan. Oh, and you have to hear what Sen thinks of the “Brangelina” divorce.

Up your pop culture game with a little help from these two critics. And as always, there’s a question at the end of the podcast. Send us your answers and comments to


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A Manchester United nut and a Liverpool fanatic bring you all the premier league action that unfolded this weekend. Samar Khan and Rahul Puri tell you the score on all things football and cricket. Is R Ashwin the all-rounder Indian cricket has been waiting for? Khan and Puri disagree on whether Manchester United or Liverpool will make it to the top four in this year’s English Premier League. And that all-important question: Should India play cricket with Pakistan and is the Board of Cricket Control in India the right body to decide? Listen up, there’s more.

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The recent attack in Uri on a military camp left 17 soldiers dead, many injured. Considering the general emotion floating on social media how prepared are we for war? Is going to war with Pakistan even an option? Can we really abrogate the Indus Water Treaty with Pakistan? The answer to all these questions is no, says Kishalay Bhattacharjee, consulting editor of Newslaundry. Abhinandan Sekhri, Anand Ranganathan, Madhu Trehan & Deepanjana Pal discuss and dissect the coverage of Pakistan Prime Minster Nawaz Sharif’s speech in the United Nations (UN), Indian envoy to UN Eenam Gambhir’s reply to him  and does the western media really care what India & Pakistan say or do? A new chapter added to Bharatiya Janata Party vs Aam Aadmi Party war with Somnath Bharti’s arrest, Race Course Road renamed Lok Kalyan Marg, National Human Rights Commission’s report on Kairana exodus and a lot more.

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The Emmys were historic this year, and Deepanjana Pal and Rajyasree Sen watched have some highlights for you. Katrina Kaif won the Smita Patil Memorial Award, and as far as Sen is concerned, it’s not worth outraging over. Find out why. The documentary Bachelor Girls tells us how difficult it is for single women to find a house in Mumbai. In more exotic news, Ellen Page and Ian Daniel’s recent visit to India makes up the new episode of Gaycation. Approach with caution — contains Baba Ramdev, who claims to have a cure for homosexuality. Up your pop culture game with a little help from these two critics. And as always, there’s a question at the end of the podcast. Send us your answers and comments to

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A Manchester United nut and a Liverpool fanatic bring you all the Premier League action that unfolded over the weekend. Liverpool beat Chelsea and that old question came up again: Should Wayne Rooney be playing anymore? Does he deserve to be on the pitch? Closer home, Samar and Rahul turn their attention to the Davis Cup. Is it time to wave goodbye to this tournament? The Indian cricket team will be playing in India till March 2017. Is this the time we hit the top rank again in Test and one-day cricket? Listen up, be a good sport.


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Supreme Court's notice to Karnataka regarding the Cauvery keeps both Karnataka and Tamil Nadu on the edge, but was the media coverage a little too hyperbolic? Also, is 'Why no pellet guns?' a justified question? RSS generated heat with Kerala over festival myths and caused a debate over what precisely is the nature of Onam. Indian Express did superb investigative reporting (once again) on Jan Dhan One -Rupee Trick. Indian media showered all their attention on A am A admi P arty , Pakistan and Balochistan. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal got into a Twitter brawl with Shekhar Gupta and Rahul Kanwal ( does AAP need a better PR team ? Yes ). Pictures of Dhaka's streets filled with blood - red water raises the age old question of sacrificing rituals once again. Join Anand Ranganathan, Abhinandan Sekhri, Madhu Trehan and Deepanjana Pal, along with our guest this week Dhanya Rajendran, Editor-in-chief of The News Minute, to discuss all this and much more on this week's Hafta.

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This week, Deepanjana Pal and Rajyasree Sen leapfrog from critically-acclaimed documentary, Placebo, to the pulpy Freaky Ali.

There’s little agreement between the two of them on the film front, but when it comes to the new music released this week, there’s complete consensus. Find out what they have to say about the “Bolo Har Har” from Shivaay and the first new release from Mother Monster herself, Lady Gaga. And then there were the advertisements. Sen and Pal have a lot to say about the Mia, Adidas Odds and Amazon’s #MomBeAGirlAgain campaigns. As always, there’s a question at the end of the show. Listen up, and send us your comments and answers to

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  1. Bolo Har Har title track from Shivaay
  2. ODDS by adidas
  3. Mia ad : Best at Work campaign
  4. Amazon ads: #MomBeAGirlAgain series – Badminton, Roller Skates, Camera


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A Manchester United nut and a Liverpool fanatic bring you all the premier league action that unfolded over the weekend. Samar Khan tells you why he thinks there is no best tennis player in the world right now, following all that happened in the US open. Rahul Puri on why the BCCI’s  bullying ways will do no favours to cricket. Also the duo don’t hold back on why England cricket captain Eoin Morgan has displayed the most un-captain-like behaviour and he might as well stay home for good. Lots more too- listen.

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We move our focus to the South of the Vindhyas this week as columnist T S Sudhir, Hyderabad-based journalist and author, joins us on this episode of NL Hafta. Tamil Nadu and Karnataka are at it again — the Cauvery dispute has escalated again, Andhra Pradesh chief minister Chandrababu Naidu accepted a special package instead of a special status from the Centre, while in Kerala, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and Communists are at loggerheads. We also discuss mixed reactions to Mother Teresa’s canonisation in India, ABP News plunging to new depths with #MinisterSexScandal (while targeting Newslaundry), separatists refusing to meet the all-party delegation and Navjot Singh Sidhu’s new front in Punjab — it’s a packed episode this week. Listen up as Abhinandan Sekhri, Anand Ranganathan and Deepanjana Pal discuss and dissect the week’s news. And we have a song dedicated to Rahul baba this time. Enjoy!

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